Hey guys! I hope your weekend was wonderful and that your new week starts off great. I had the best weekend with Josh celebrating Valentine’s Day. I feel so lucky to have had such an amazing Valentine for the past three years. Being engaged this year makes it extra special because now we get to celebrate being Valentine’s for life. Saturday night we decided to head to Mario’s, one of our favorite restaurants in State College, for dinner.
The restaurant was packed! I guess a lot of couples were celebrating Valentine’s Day over the weekend. Thank goodness for reservations. I felt bad for the waiters running around like crazy trying to help everyone. Our waitress was super nice.
We started off with a garlic bruschetta appetizer and a glass of wine for Josh and a bellini for me. I’m officially cleared to drink again! After months of stomach aches and digestive issues and various tests to try and figure out what was causing all of it the GI told me I have IBS. While it stinks to have to deal with anything irritable bowel syndrome is far and away the best possible diagnosis for the symptoms I was having. My prescription is to stress less and take a probiotic a day. I can definitely do that.
For my entree I ordered a mushroom gnocchi in a white wine truffle sauce. Mario’s makes the most delicious gnocchi, they’re soft like little pillows without being overly chewy. At first I found the sauce a little weak, I am a big cream based sauce fan, but as I ate the flavors began to build and I really enjoyed this dish.
Josh ordered their tortelloni in vodka sauce. Mario’s is known for their vodka sauce and this did not disappoint. Josh was very sweet to let me steal more than a few bites. ;p
Afterwards we came home to exchange Valentine’s Day gifts. Before we did that Josh surprised me with nutella cookies! I am obsessed with these things and I thought it was so sweet how he put mini Hershey Kisses in the middle and sprinkled them with red sprinkles for Valentine’s Day.
Then it was gift exchanging time!
This is so mushy and personal but how is this not the most adorable thing in the entire world? I melted, and Josh had to get me a letter opener, because I didn’t want to slice through the penguin to get to my card,
Josh got me a Jim Shore Mickey and Minnie Mouse figuring, a froggy, and my favorite Hershey bars. He knows me so well.
I got Josh a pair of Toms and Funky Chunky chip-zel-pop. He has gotten me so many pairs of Toms throughout the years and always mentions how he loves this style. I thought it would be a fun surprise to finally get him a pair.
I have never heard of Funky Chunky before but I figured it would be hard to go wrong with pretzels, chips, and popcorn covered in dark chocolate, milk chocolate, white chocolate, and caramel.
It turns out Josh has had this stuff before and loves it. He was so sweet to share it with me and oh man is this stuff crazy good! If you haven’t tried it I highly recommend it.
After celebrating at home Josh and I changed into some Penn State gear to meet up with Lily and Pierce to celebrate another cause. This weekend was THON at Penn State. I grew up hearing about this event but have never actually gone. To sum up what it is it is a 46 hour dance marathon organized completely by students to raise money for kids with pediatric cancer. People who hate on Penn State really need to see all the good that goes on at this place. The final total just came in and this weekend $12.3 million dollars was raised. Getting to experience the event first hand was amazing. The dancers are kept on the floor with lots of food and activities to keep them up and awake. The spectators are in the stands cheering on the dancers as everyone rocks out to music, entertainment, and plays with all the props that are being passed around. There were beach balls and water guns galore.
Josh and I found a random bubble blower.
Hilarity ensued. Afterwards we all headed over to Canyon Pizza to enjoy a $1 slice of pizza. I was pretty stuffed from the night of food we had had but I stole a few bites of Josh’s pizza. I totally get why Canyon Pizza has the reputation of being the place to go for pizza late on a Saturday night.
Sunday morning Josh and I decided to continue our Valentine’s Day celebration with breakfast at The Waffle Shop. The Waffle Shop is a State College treasure. There are three of them, although only two still belong to the original owners. If you visit State College and see The Waffle Shop downtown, skip it. It’s not under the original ownership and despite the long lines (that all Waffle Shops have) the food is not as good as the ones on the North and South end of town. I got scrambled eggs and their amazing fresh baked blueberry muffin. They slice and toast each individual side of the muffin and it tastes so good. Their orange juice is also fresh squeezed and out of this world.
Josh got pecan pancakes and hash browns. I know it’s called The Waffle Shop but it is their pancakes that make this place amazing. It was the perfect way to start a lazy, lounge-y Sunday.
Questions of the Day: What were you up to this weekend? Did you celebrate Valentine’s Day over the weekend? Is your Alma mater known for supporting a specific cause?